Friday, June 06, 2008

The Last Lecture

If you haven't seen this already, go to Youtube and listen to Professor Randy Pausch's last lecture--on how to live--which he gives knowing he has pancreatic cancer and has been given a life expectancy of two to four months.

I had a sore throat the day I saw it, and was moving kinda slowly. The video of this gutsy, charmingly immodest, athletic, gorgeous, smart, and nice 47 year-old facing death didn't take away the slight under-the-weather feeling I had.

But it did remind me that, with the right spirit, it's possible to face anything with courage, joy, boldness, generosity, gratitude, and style.

One delightful piece of news: he has already outlived by months the prognosis. At least as inspiring as the video is his online update of his progress.

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1 comment:

Debra W said...

I first heard about Randy on Oprah, and was so incredibly touched by his story. I recently picked up the book version of The Lecture, but I haven't read it yet. I am so glad that you posted this because I heard someplace that Randy had died and obviously he hasn't! I am so glad to know that he has outlived his prognosis, and that he is getting to spend more time with his family.